Do you intend to release Omar Abdullah, SC asks Centre

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Omar Abdullah (National Conference)
Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR — While hearing the plea submitted by Sara Abdullah against the detention of her brother Omar Abdullah, the former chief minister of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State on Wednesday, Supreme Court asked Central Government if it is releasing him or else court will take up the plea, submitted to seek his release.

The court in its observation said, “If you are releasing Omar Abdullah, release him soon or we will hear his sister’s plea against his detention on merit,” the apex court asked the Centre.

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The court fixed the next hearing in the matter for the next week.

Omar Abdullah was detained during the intervening night of 4th and 5th August last year, when Centre abrogated Article 370 and revoked the special status of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir State and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.

After he completed six months in detention, his detention was extended by slapping him with Public Safety Act (PSA).

Omar’s father and NC president Farooq Abdullah was released only last week from seven-month-long house arrest at his Gupkar residence, where he was put under detention, following abrogation of Article 370 by the Central government.

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